Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rain on Water

Recently we have had rainy days. The sky turns dark and gray and the wind blows.
Thunder bolts rumble and lightening flashes.
But the storms are not that unique unless one is near the bay or the rivers here.
Then the rain on the water makes for a very dramatic effect.

Here's a recent stormy Saturday over the Chesapeake Bay.

On Saturday last, the weather began warm and sunny, hot actually,
so we decided to go to a local restaurant on the shore of the Lynnhaven River.
We planned to dine al fresco, outside on the pier
so we could see the pelicans and sea gulls and boaters while we ate lunch.

As soon as we sat down, the sky turned gray and dark.
And then rain began.
 The wind whipped the rain around, driving it onto the pier.
All of us patrons on the river side scooted our chairs over,
and then a little more, and a little more
until we couldn't move away from the rain any further.
A thin layer of water pooled under our chairs
as rain dripped steadily from the roof.
The restaurant staff lowered the tarps and zipped them shut,
and even before they zipped the last one closed,
the sky gave the first hint the rain was clearing.

Here's a photo right before they closed the tarp next to our table.

It  turned chilly and several people asked for a table inside.
We didn't since we had our food by then.
March weather. I think that sums it up pretty well.

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